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DAILY NEWS EXCLUSIVE: New United Nations skyscraper will have floating full-floor gardens

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That deluxe apartment in the sky is nothing without Manhattan’s latest uber-amenity: A floating garden.

A new 41-story skyscraper at 303 E. 44th St., will feature six 16-foot-high gaps in the façade — each filled with a full-floor, canopied green space that will wrap around the core of the tower.

There will also be a private full-floor roof garden for residents of the penthouse.

“To have an apartment at the top of the world is one thing, but to have a private garden at the top of the world is something we haven’t seen,” said Eran Chen of the architectural firm ODA, which is designing the slimline tower near the United Nations.

The building will be the latest in a string of skinny towers

It’s hardly unusual to have outdoor space at luxury residential towers, but this 600-foot East Side building is taking the concept of urban outdoor living to a whole new — and pricey — level by dedicating full floors to gardens.

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The concept represents a challenge for the engineers and architects, who plan to construct the building with limited structural support around the parimeters of the gardens, to avoid blocking the views. Instead, the structure will be held up almost entirely by the core.

“I asked myself, ‘Can you live in a slender tower up 600 feet above the city and at the same time have access to a garden as big as one attached to a ground-floor home?’ ” Chen said. “You would think it would be counterintuitive, but we are making it happen.”

Architect Eran Chen of ODA is responsible for the design

Joseph Stavrach’s Triangle Assets and business partner Freddy Srour plan to start construction in September, pending approvals from the city, and to complete the building by late 2017, said Stavrach’s son, Benjamin Stavrach.


The superskinny tower will have 2,600-square-foot floor plates, one-third the size of those of famed pencil towers such as 432 Park Ave. The lower floors will be divided into one- and two-bedroom apartments, with full-floor units beginning on the 22nd floor. Prices have not been released, but they will be high.

“These will be the most unique outdoor spaces in New York City,” Chen said.

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